Tract: Assured Salvation?

Salvation


Tract: Assured Salvation?


So you think your salvation is assured? Think again. Consider, for instance, these biblical passages which clearly show just how unbiblical such a teaching is. As you will see, the bible is replete with many passages that testify against an irrevocable, assured salvation.

  • Hebrews 10:26: “If we        sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth,        there no longer remains sacrifice for sins but a fearful        prospect of judgement.” Who is the ‘we’ here? Answer: it is the        disciples of Jesus Christ. What is the warning to those        who have the knowledge of the truth, but then turn away        from it? Are they saved?
  • Philippians 2:12-13:        “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed,        so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my        absence, work out your own salvation with fear and        trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to        work for his good pleasure.” If our salvation is assured, why do we need to         ‘work it out’, much less be afraid and tremble?        Didn’t Jesus do it all for us? Or are you still        required to OBEY Him just like it says in the first part        of this passage?
  • 1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober,        be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like        a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.” If our salvation is assured, then the devil cannot        touch us. So why must we be “sober and        watchful”? Why does St. Peter admonish us to keep        awake lest the Devil devour us?
  • Luke 12:45-46: “But        suppose the servant says to himself, `My master is taking        a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the        men servants and maid servants and to eat and drink and        get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day        when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not        aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a        place with the unbelievers.” Notice the servant is LAZY and is *not* obeying the        Master’s will. The servant is a believer but he does        not show his belief by his conduct. So what does the Lord        do to him? And WITH WHOM does He place the servant?
  • Hebrews 4:6: “Since        therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who        formerly received the good news failed to enter because        of disobedience.” Why did they fail to enter the kingdom? Because they        lacked a “saving fidiciary faith in Jesus”? NO!        It was because they *disobeyed*.
  • Romans 11:19-22: “You        will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might        be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off        because of their unbelief, but you stand fast only        through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe.        For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither        will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the        severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen,        but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his        kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off.” Did you catch the $64,000 word in the passage?        That’s right! The word is provided        which indicates a conditional and provisional clause.        That means your salvation is not assured. It is        provisional on you “continuing in His kindness”        OTHERWISE you too will be CUT OFF.
  • Hebrews 3:6: “And we are        his house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our        hope.” What if we do not hold fast? What then?
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:3:        “…remembering before our God and Father your work        of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in        our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:8:        “But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober,        and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a        helmet the hope of salvation. Since when does “hope” =        “assured”? If hope was assured, then it        wouldn’t be hope, would it? There is always        uncertainty in hope.
  • 1 Peter 1:6-7: “In this        you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have        to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your        faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is        tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor        at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” St. Peter says that your faith is perishable so the        question is: why do you believe it is imperisable and        that your salvation is assured?
  • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:        “…after having preached to others, I myself should        be disqualified.” Disqualified from what? From the eternal crown. Read        the whole passage. So if St. Paul can be disqualified,        why do you have the presumption to say that you cannot        be?
  • 2 Timothy 2:12: “If we        endure, we shall also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He        also will deny us.”
  • Acts 14:22: “It is        necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the        kingdom of God.”
  • Luke 21:19: “…by your        perseverance you will secure your lives”. What if we do not endure, suffer, or perservere? If we        do not endure, we deny, and if we deny, what does St.        Paul’s letter to Timothy tell us that God will do to        us?
  • John 8:31-32: “Jesus        then said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If        you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and        you will know the truth, and the truth will make you        free.’”
  • John 8:51: “Truly,        truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will        never see death.”
  • John 14:23: “Jesus        answered him, ‘If a man loves me, he will keep my        word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to        him and make our home with him.’”
  • John 15:6: “If a man        does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and        withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the        fire and burned.”
  • Hebrews 13:14: “For we        share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence        firm to the end…” So tell me, when you see the word ‘if’ in        the above passages, does that mean that you are saved        ***despite*** the condition that Jesus places on you?        
  • Matthew 10:38: “…he        who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy        of me.” Picking up your cross is not an option – it is a        commandment. If you are not worthy of Jesus, then where        are you going to turn? Some other references to check out: Matthew        5:30 – Jesus warns his disciples of the real prospect of        hell. Matthew 10:28, Luke 12:4-5 – Why does Jesus Christ        warn believers to have fear? Romans 1:5, 16:26 – No        obedience, no faith. Romans 2:13 – Only those who observe        the moral law will be justified not simply those who hear        it. 1 Corinthians 9:13 – St. Paul teaches that Christians        are to glorify God by obedience to the Gospel. 1        Corinthians 10:12 – “…whoever thinks he is        standing secure should take care not to fall.” 2        Corinthians 11:3 – Why is St. Paul afraid of the        Corinthians being lead astray? 2 Corinthians 11:29 – Or        concerned for those led into sin? 1 Timothy 4:16; Hebrews        10:36-38, James 1:12 – Perseverance leads to salvation. 1        Timothy 1:18-20, 4:1-2, 6:10, 6:21 – St. Paul mentions        some who have fallen away. Hebrews 6:4-6 – Some former        Christians are ‘impossible to renew again’.         Hebrews 10:36-38 – “…for you have need of        endurance, so that when you have done the will of God,        you may receive what was promised. ‘For yet in a        very little while, He who is coming will come, and will        not delay. But my righteous one shall live by faith; and        if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in        him.’” Colosians 1:21-23 – “…to present        you holy.. provided that you persevere in the        faith.” Ephesians 4:27 – Satan has the opportunity        to win your soul. James 5:19-20 – Turning a believer back        from error saves his soul from death.

    John Pacheco        

  • The Catholic Legate        
  • February 1, 2002

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